The belly button marks the abdominal area of your body where your umbilical cord used to be attached. Despite its proximity to you, the belly button goes largely ignored, unless you adorn it with body jewelry or are fond of midriffs.
However, the belly button deserves more attention thanks to all the secrets it’s hiding. All you need to do is to massage your belly button with oil and you will’ be surprised by its hidden health benefits*:
The following lists provide 10 medical benefits of applying oil to the belly button:
10. Itchy Belly Button
Typically, an itchy belly button results from either a rash around your navel or an infection in your navel. Some of the specific causes of an itchy belly button include eczema, yeast infection and/or bacterial infection.
To treat itchy belly button, gently wash, rinse, and thoroughly dry your belly button and then apply a mixture of tea tree oil diluted in coconut oil to the itchy area several times each day.
9. Belly Button Odor and Infection
Avoid wearing tight clothes as it may cause an unpleasant smell coming from that region and may also cause navel infection (in case of piercing). The easiest way to prevent bacteria and dirt from collecting in your belly button is to clean it every day, using antimicrobial hand soap and warm water.
After you get out of the shower, clean and dry your belly button. Then, apply a little bit of topical antifungal or antibiotic oil or cream in or around your belly button. It can create an environment where fungi and bacteria can not grow more easily and prevent the belly button from navel infection.
8. Relieves Constipation
Constipation is a common problem and can cause by a change in diet, lack of fluid intake, or lack of exercise. In one study, researchers found that fennel oil helps with several different digestive ailments, including minor intestinal discomforts and constipation.
If you have digestive or gut issues, massaging with fennel oil around the navel area provides quick relief from constipation. Mix 2 drops of fennel essential oil with a carrier oil (such, as coconut, almond or jojoba oil) and massage the belly in a circular clockwise motion.
7. Relieve Stress
Lavender essential oil soothing properties have been used for centuries to help promote relaxation and calm. Belly massage (also known as abdominal or stomach massage) that incorporates diluted lavender essential oil may have relaxing and healing effects for some people as it encourages relaxation, release physical and emotional tension.
6. Alleviate Menstrual Pain
A 2005 study found that abdominal meridian massage was very effective in relieving menstrual pain and cramping. Their study concluded that women who had a five-minute belly massage daily for one week before menstruation had significantly lower levels of pain and cramping compared to women who had no massage treatment. Incorporating essential oils into an abdominal massage may provide the most health benefits than a massage alone as it reduces friction, menstrual pain, and bleeding.
5. Reduce Bloating
Bloating is when your belly feels swollen after eating. It is usually caused by excess gas production or disturbances in the movement of the muscles of the digestive system and is common in people being treated for cancer. A 2015 research study found that people who had a 15-minute belly massage twice a day for three days had lower levels of perceived abdominal bloating compared to people who received no treatment.
4. Improve Digestive Function
Gastrointestinal dysfunction is one of the most common problems among patients hospitalized in intensive care units. In one clinical trial, patients who had a 15-minute abdominal massage twice a day for three days showed improvements in their symptoms compared to people who received no treatment, thus concluding that the abdominal massage could improve gastrointestinal functions.
3. Increase blood flow to the Abdominal Organs
A belly button massage focuses on the muscles that make up the abdomen region which helps to relieve muscle tightness and tension.
Massaging with oil around the belly button and abdominal area increased blood flow to abdominal organs, that contains all the digestive organs, including the stomach, small and large intestines, pancreas, liver, and gallbladder.
This abdominal massaging greatly benefits the liver, the body’s largest organ that acts as a filtration system to rids the body of toxins and aids in the digestion and absorption of fats and vitamins.
2. Improves Fertility
If you’re trying to conceive, receiving a series of fertility massage techniques around the lower abdominal area using castor oil therapy can improve your fertility.
Castor oil therapy has been used for thousands of years as a healing therapy and is designed to help support reproductive health, the menstrual cycle, and fertility.
Regularly receiving fertility massage provides many benefits to the reproductive system, as it helps to bring fresh blood to the uterus, promotes hormonal balance and increases circulation to the uterus & cervix.
Generally, abdominal massage is safe, however, it is important to talk to your doctor or certified massage therapist before getting a fertility massage if you’ve had recent abdominal surgery or have any other health concerns.
1. Belly Massage for Weight Loss
Massages are usually associated with relieving stress and muscle pain, not with losing weight. However, Incorporating essential oils into an abdominal massage may aid in weight loss.
Numerous research studies found that abdominal massage, such as Chinese medicine abdominal massage techniques using a mix of oils helped reduce abdominal fat and waist circumference.